Man killed on Welwyn Way, Two Suspects in Custody
(9/24/2019, 0900 hrs) Alexandria Police Department officers have taken a man and a woman into custody and have charged them with a homicide following a shooting at Welwyn Way and Wellington Boulevard around 7 PM Monday. After being dispatched to a report of shots fired, officers arrived and found a vehicle stopped at the intersection with two men inside, one of whom had been shot. He later was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other man in the vehicle was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators responded to the scene and quickly determined that this incident was part of an ongoing dispute between the suspects and the victims, and had begun at another location. Both cars left that scene and proceeded to the area on Welwyn Way, at which point the incident escalated to a shooting. Following the shooting, the suspects fled the scene in an unknown vehicle, which was later determined to be a gray Dodge Challenger.
Investigators identified a suspect in the shooting as Deon Francis Guidry, 24, of Alexandria and obtained a warrant for his arrest. At around midnight, an officer who was working a security detail at Wal-Mart on Coliseum Blvd saw a vehicle he believed to belong to Guidry in the parking lot. He and other officers were able to make contact with Guidry and take him into custody without incident. Also taken into custody was Guidry’s companion, Sharessia Lashae Mix, 24, of Alexandria.
The vehicle was processed by Crime Scene Investigators and the suspects were brought to APD Headquarters to be interviewed. Both Guidry and Mix were ultimately charged with one count of Second Degree Murder and one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, and were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
“I am grateful for the quick response and resolution to this situation by our police officers,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “Officers were on the scene quickly to ensure the safety of residents and were able to identify and apprehend the suspects within hours.”
“The work done last night by the men and women of the Alexandria Police Department was absolutely superb,” said Chief Jerrod King. “The professionalism, dedication and hard work of our officers is a tremendous source of pride for me and I hope it is a source of pride for the residents of our city. To have a homicide suspect in custody within five hours of the incident shows what a great job they do every day.
“I want to thank the men and women of Patrol Shift-Alpha as well as our Detective Division for identifying and getting a warrant on our suspect so quickly. I want to particularly recognize Officer Doyle, whose vigilance while working an extra detail and bravery led to a quick and safe arrest. I also want to thank the US Marshal’s Office for the assistance of their Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force for their hard work. Finally, I want to thank the community and the residents in the area of the shooting for their quick response sharing information with each other and with our officers.”
The investigation is still ongoing, and further information will be released as it becomes available. The identity of the deceased is not being released at this time.
Deon Francis Guidry, 1/27/1995
3916 Baker Street, Alexandria, LA
Sharessia Lashae Mix, 2/8/1995
1305 Enterprise Road, Alexandria, LA